EU Priorities 2020

Future EU 19-06-2018

Czech PM flatly rejects EU post-Brexit budget proposal

Czech billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babiš yesterday (18 June) rejected the European Commission's multi-year draft budget as "completely unacceptable", lashing out at spending priorities imposed by Brussels.

Redefining the elements for successful integration

Migration is here to stay. Acknowledging voting rights and political participation of migrants are necessary aspects of a democratic society, writes Yves Leterme.  
Future EU 29-05-2018

Ending child poverty requires financial backing

When one in four children in the EU is growing up at risk of poverty and social exclusion, investing in children is an economic necessity as much as a moral imperative, writes Jana Hainsworth.

Romania MEP: EU needs proper migration budget in case of new crisis

As the debate over the future EU budget intensifies in the European Parliament, more questions are being asked about the funds allocated to border security, migration and refugee integration. EURACTIV.ro reports.
23-05-2018

Bullmann: Macron must decide if he is a ‘real progressive’ or not

French President Emmanuel Macron has to make his political identity clear and clarify whether he is a “real progressive” who wants to contribute to a social Europe, S&D President Udo Bullmann told EURACTIV in an interview.
Future EU 09-05-2018

European luminaries warn about new phase of EU ‘lethargy’

In an open letter, a number of well-known European public figures have asked EU leaders to come up with a clear plan for a "revival of the European Union", saying they feared “a new phase of lethargy” that could encourage a rise of populist parties in the European elections in May 2019.
08-05-2018

Poland plays down possible EU budget cuts

Poland on Monday (7 May) played down possible EU funding cuts over its controversial judicial reforms – in addition to sanctions it already faces – saying it sees room for negotiation over financial allocations.
07-05-2018

Democracy: Making more voices count

Let’s involve more people in decision making and inspire all levels of government, be they local, national or European, to put people first, writes Anna Lisa Boni.
Economy & Jobs 07-05-2018

Strengthening workers’ voice, legal certainty for future Social Europe

A vital social democracy will play a decisive role in shaping the future of the European Union. The goal of a united Europe, contractually agreed by all EU member states, is to promote participatory democracy, writes Norbert Kluge.
Economy & Jobs 07-05-2018

Putting the social dimension on equal footing with the economy

An improved EU legislation that boosts workers’ information, consultation and participation rights will push social matters higher up on the EU political agenda, according to the participants of a symposium about workers held in Brussels on 26-27 April.

Time to invest in Europe’s water infrastructure

Europe’s water infrastructure is ageing in all EU member states. The European Commission is at a pivotal moment and should decide to invest during the next MFF (2021-2027) to reap the health and environmental benefits, and to save money in the long term, writes Klara Ramm.
Economy & Jobs 02-05-2018

EU budget proposal 2021-2027 – as it happened

The European Commission unveils its proposal for the EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027 today (2 May), setting the stage for a bruising and long negotiation with member states and parliament.
Climate change 02-05-2018

Five steps for a climate-friendly EU Budget

The EU’s next Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) must reflect the commitment the EU has made to decarbonise its economy, in line with the aims of the Paris Agreement. Strong overall coherence to ensure that funds are spent in targeted and intelligent ways is the key to its success, writes Jonathan Gaventa.
30-04-2018

Brussels begins big battle on post-Brexit budget

The EU will this week unveil its first formal plans for a larger, one-trillion-euro-plus long-term budget after Britain's departure, which threaten to further deepen divisions in the bloc.
Future EU 24-04-2018

MEPs defend ‘ambitious budget’ for cohesion policy

Threatened by cuts in the EU's next multi-annual budget (2021-2027), regional policy is clearly under threat and several MEPs are now coming to the frontline to defend it. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Economy & Jobs 20-04-2018

Merkel urges ‘compromise’ on eurozone reform

Germany's Angela Merkel called for a spirit of "compromise" on reforming the euro zone at a meeting on Thursday (19 April) with French President Emmanuel Macron, who pressed for "solidarity" among members of the currency union.
Politics 18-04-2018

Mysterious Martin, Sinister Selmayr

Selmayr will have no role in the choice of the next European Commission president, but for Eurosceptics, it was a gift from heaven to read a long attack on Selmayr as proof of how the EU is run by a secret cabal of unelected power-holders who dictate what the EU is and does, writes Denis MacShane.
18-04-2018

No more memoranda for Greece

In an interview with Dimitris Rapidis, coordinator of the European Progressive Forum, Commissioner Pierre Moscovici talks about EU reforms, Greece, taxation, the surge of the far-right in Europe, and the challenge for the European Socialists ahead of the European Parliament elections in 2019.
Banking union 16-04-2018

Not all Macron’s EU reforms possible, German finance minister says

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said EU reforms proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron should be addressed before European elections next year, but added that some of the proposals were not feasible.
Global Europe 16-04-2018

The European budget talks: Financial threat to a global Europe

Although talks on the EU's next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) might appear dull on the surface, we should force ourselves to take notice of them and emphasise the long-term importance of the external tranche of the budget, writes Susi Dennison.
11-04-2018

EU clears path for collective law suits

Consumers will be able to sue companies in collective action lawsuits spanning multiple EU countries, under a new European Commission proposal.
Future EU 28-03-2018

It’s time for an EU fund for fundamental rights!

Fundamental rights and values are currently under attack across the European Union. In order to work in these aggravated conditions, funding is often key, writes Terry Reintke.
Economy & Jobs 23-03-2018

Juncker casts doubt on resolving tariff dispute with Trump by 1 May deadline

The EU is unlikely to secure permanent exemption from US steel and aluminium tariffs by the time President Trump’s stopgap reprieve from the measures expires on 1 May, Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday.
Economy & Jobs 23-03-2018

EU leaders postpone decision on trade amid wariness over US tariff exemption

EU leaders postponed a decision on trade as the first day of a European Council summit wrapped up around 1AM on Friday morning (23 March), in a display of their wariness about the Trump administration’s announcement hours earlier that it will exempt Europe from tariffs on steel and aluminium.